Bristol Plays Music (BPM) is the music education hub for Bristol. We believe in the power of music – to inspire, teach and transform lives. We want to make sure that every young person has access to music education activities and a platform for musical expression.
Through work with partners and venues across Bristol, BPM joins up opportunities for teaching, learning and performance in a way that everyone can access. Our goal is to promote local music-making and our city’s rich musical talent.
Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, a registered charity (no. 1140898).
Minute of Listening for Bristol
The Bristol Minute of Listening is a bespoke pack of sounds taken from all over the city.
Bristol’s unique and vibrant cultural heritage lends itself perfectly to this collection of music, natural and industrial sounds. Each drawn from iconic sources such as Concorde, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo and the Harbourside, recorded with the support and participation of Bristol’s business and community groups.
The Bristol Minute of Listening is an amazing audio journey which takes you through the city and will inspire all who encounter it.
“I use Minute of Listening as a starter to my music lessons because listening and appraising is a huge part of the national curriculum for music. It fits perfectly and enables the children to actively listen, to talk about what they're hearing, to use the vocabulary associated with the music. They really enjoy it and it exposes them to a whole range of music that we wouldn't otherwise expose them to. ”Natalie Morris, Year 3 teacher
Bricknell Primary School, Hull
“Minute of Listening is a brilliant tool that can support teachers in delivering all kinds of curriculum areas creatively and effectively. Listening well is such an important skill but all too often it is neglected. Working in partnership with the great team at Bristol Plays Music means that we have the opportunity to bring together evidence about the transformation Minute of Listening can make to children and to schools when delivered across an area.”Susanna Eastburn, Chief Executive
Sound and Music
“Great resource - children really enjoyed it! ”Primary Teacher
“It's very rare during the school day to have a minute where we stop; for pupils to have a minute of quiet time to themselves is quite unusual. We've been using Minute of Listening every day after lunchtime. We've found this to be a really beneficial time for the children. ”Alex Richardson, Science Co-ordinator
Bude Park Primary School, Hull